United States drugmaker to start final testing stage of coronavirus vaccine in July

Johnson and Johnson announces human trials for COVID-19 vaccine in July

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Final stage trials for Moderna's prototype coronavirus vaccine are set to begin in July, a top vaccine researcher told The Wall Street Journal.

Some vaccines are moving into clinical trials even faster than Moderna's.

"Based on the strength of the preclinical data we have seen so far and interactions with the regulatory authorities, we have been able to further accelerate the clinical development of our investigational SARS-CoV-2 vaccine", said Dr. Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer for Johnson & Johnson.

The first experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.is on track to begin a huge study next month to prove if it really can fend off the coronavirus, its Cambridge-based manufacturer announced Thursday - a long-awaited step in the global vaccine race.

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In the USA, a program called "Operation Warp Speed" aims to have 300 million doses on hand by January. There are no approved treatments or vaccines for Covid-19.

The expert said that Europe is ahead of the United States in the race to find a vaccine. In the statement Thursday, the company said it had already enrolled 350 people in the trial, including a cohort of 300 healthy adults 54 years and younger, and the first 50 of 300 older adults.

Moreover, the vaccine exhibits high productivity and good genetic stability for manufacturing which will help in further evaluation in a clinical trial, according to the research. Moderna said it plans to deliver 500 million to 1 billion doses a year beginning in 2021.

The company is also in talks with the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to start larger, late-stage trials ahead of schedule, depending on results of the early studies and regulatory approval. He added that the company is 'working hard to bring it back to the end of the year'.

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The company plans to test the vaccine in high-transmission regions within the United States.

S, recombinant, emerged from vaccine constructs created and tested by J&J with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), part of Harvard Medical School, using Janssen's AdVac® and PER.C6® vaccine technology platforms, designed for accelerated vaccine development.

They had originally planned to begin human trials for their potential SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in September, but will now start in the second half of July.

Apart from BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm, which has invested 1 billion yuan ($141.40-million) in vaccine projects, is testing in humans another vaccine candidate developed by its Wuhan-based unit.

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